Whether you’re moving across town or relocating across the country, one thing holds true: moving can be a stressful experience! Even after you’ve moved all of your stuff out, there is still that daunting task of deep cleaning the apartment. And one surface that might be a bit tricky to tackle is a glass stovetop!
While cooking stains on a glass stovetop can be pretty common, they can definitely be an important thing to clean if you want your apartment to be spotless for your moving inspection! Following a few easy steps and sourcing a handful of common household items, your stovetop can look showroom quality in no time!
Cleaning A Glass Stovetop: Do’s and Don’ts
Though great in functionality, glass stovetops can show more wear and tear than traditional electric coil cooktops. And while you only have to deal with a single surface when cleaning a glass-top stove, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Do clean a glass stovetop when the surface is cool.
- Don’t clean the surface while it’s still warm or try to burn off any gunk or stains.
- Do use gentler items like sponges or microfiber cloths.
- Don’t use abrasive scrubbing brushes or steel wool that could potentially create more scratches.
- Do use milder, more natural cleaning supplies.
- Don’t use chemical cleaners that could leave a harmful residue or create harsh fumes in a small kitchen.
How to Clean A Glass Stovetop
Depending on how bad the stain on your stove is, there are a few approaches you can take to get the job done.
The Natural Method
For less serious stains, try a more natural, chemical-free method. Using just a bit of vinegar, baking soda, and elbow grease, you can have your glass stovetop shined up in no time.
- Use a spray bottle filled with distilled white vinegar and spritz the surface area.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the area you just sprayed.
- Dip a clean towel in hot water (wringing out the excess), and lay the towel over the vinegar and baking soda mixture. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once you remove the towel, wipe the surface clean with a microfiber cloth. Repeat these steps as necessary until the stovetop is completely free of residue.
Bonus tip: While the surface is still wet, use the flat side of a razor blade at an angle to scrape away those caked-on spots. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, so you don’t scratch the glass.
The Heavy-Duty Method
If vinegar and baking soda isn’t doing the job, try using a glass stovetop cleaner. Some glass stovetop cleaners will still use baking soda as a primary cleaning agent. However, you get the added benefit of additional grease-cutting and surface polishing agents to help you cut through some of those tougher, caked-on spots.
This method will usually involve spreading the cleaner on the surface area, waiting, and scrubbing it off. But for best results, follow the instructions on the product label until your glass stovetop is as good as new.
Whichever route you choose, you’ll want to get things looking as good as new, so your landlord doesn’t find a reason to charge you when you move out.
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